Harold Jarche is a leading authority on Personal Knowledge Management, which he describes as a set of processes, individually constructed, to help each of us make sense of our world, and work more effectively. He has developed a popular Seek-Sense-Share framework which identifies the 3 key elements of PKM (see diagram on the right)
Harold writes about PKM continuously in his blog, and has also helped thousands of people worldwide use this framework in his very popular online workshops, which he runs privately for organisations or publically.
I have talked and written a lot about the use of social media for professional learning, and in particular how social tools have transformed the way I work and learn.
I was recently asked how my own use of social media fits onto Harold’s PKM framework. So I came up with this diagram which shows my own daily PKM routine.
Although I search for (ie seek) stuff regularly during the day on Google, most of what I find out comes from the continuous flow of information from my professional network.
Although for me, Twitter is my most important social network, there are many other places which drip feed me with content – and my network of people is constantly evolving as I discover new people who provide me with useful ideas, thinking and resources.
I use a range of sense-making techniques, eg filters to separate the signal from the noise, and techniques to validate any sources of information I receive – which I have developed over time. Although I trust my network to feed me valid resources, it is always important to check any resources personally to ensure they meet my own high “quality control” standards.
I then synthesise any new valuable pieces of information with what I already know, asking myself does this add something key to what I already know, does this take my own thinking forward, or does this even change my thinking about what I already know.
I then decide whether I should share what I have found with others (is it appropriate, of interest, relevant, etc to them?), who I should share it with (internal/external networks?), how I might best share it (in its original format (eg tweet)?, how I can add value to it or whether I should present it in some other way, e.g. write a blog post providing more detail of its significance.) I might even decide to share it in a number of different places and formats, of course.
This PKM routine has now become an integral and essential part of my daily workflow; it is just second nature to me. If I have less time to do it one day, I will apply a different set of filters to ensure the good stuff still gets through to me, and I may not be able to share it immediately but save it some place for later.
Harold and I both believe that PKM is going to become a key skill for the future. How do you use social tools in the context of the Seek-Sense-Share PKM framework as part of your daily PKM routine?
UPDATE 2 December 2013: Read this follow up post by Harold Jarche – Ask what value you can add
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